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The Public Health CorpsLearning and Serving Where Public Health Happens
Are you interested in learning more about where and how public health happens locally? The Corps is a group of graduate and undergraduate students in Public Health who complete voluntary service assignments with leading public health agencies, hospitals, and non-profit organizations. Participation in The Corps provides students with the opportunity to work side by side with public health practitioners, apply classroom knowledge to real world situations, and give valuable volunteer service to the community.

What Does The Corps Do Anyway?
Corps assignments involve a broad range of public health topics and skills, and often take students directly into community settings “where public health happens.” Here are some examples:

  • Participate in active outbreak investigations by conducting interviews, entering data, or assisting with analysis
  • Assist patients with required paperwork to receive flu shots within local free clinics
  • Conduct surveys of people living in a “food desert”
  • Enter and analyze data from a survey of school cafeterias regarding food options
  • Assess evidence and draft recommended public health related ordinances

Who Can Join The Corps?
Any student in public health. Some assignments may be specific to graduate level preparation and will require the completion of OR enrollment in the five core courses for the MPH degree.

What is Expected of Corps Members?
It’s as easy as 1‐2‐3.

  • Complete brief training to formalize your membership in The Corps
  • Contribute 10‐20 hours of volunteer service over the academic year
  • Represent the University and the School in a professional manner and abide by the IU Student Code of Conduct

Are You Interested in Joining The Corps?
The opportunity to join The Corps is offered only once per academic year – at the beginning of Fall Semester. If you wish to become a Corps member, please sign up by visiting our sign-up page no later than Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

Also, save the date of Friday, September 9, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, for training here in FSPH’s main classroom (6040) with representatives of the Indiana State Department of Health, the Marion County Public Health Department, and the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health. This training is required for your participation, so please make every effort to attend on that day. (Make‐up option will be offered.)